BUFORD — Shiloh put a lot of pressure on Holy Innocents’ on Saturday at the Blue Collar Basketball Buford Showcase, and the Generals were able to force turnovers and put home a lot of easy shots en route to an 84-40 victory.
“That’s our style,” Shiloh coach Kim Rivers said. “If our defense is playing well and we’re not sending teams to the line, I think we have a chance to win most games. Today they just came out and played phenomenal basketball, probably the best basketball we’ve played all year.”
Holy Innocents’ came out to play to begin the game, hitting a couple of 3-pointers after Shiloh’s opening two buckets to take a 6-4 lead. But Shiloh (9-0) quickly took the lead back with a 3-pointer and two free throws by James Little (10 points) as well as baskets from Anthony Canada and Jordan Mitchell (17 points) before Holy Innocents could again get more points on the board.
After Chance Moore (team-leading 11 points) scored his third basket of the opening quarter, the Golden Bears ran into a scoring drought that let the game get out of hand. Ezra Ausar put home a couple of dunks late in the first quarter, and Caleb Golden (game-high 20 points) and Mitchell each hit three shots during a 17-0 run that spanned 7:49 across the first and second quarters.
Carter Kennedy hit a 3-pointer for Holy Innocents’ to break the drought with 3:18 to go before halftime, but the Generals led 37-13 at that point and showed no signs of letting go of the big lead. The teams went into halftime with Shiloh holding a 48-18 advantage.
Holy Innocents’ (1-8) found a little bit of a rhythm in the third quarter, especially in the final two minutes with a pair of 3-pointers from Walker Wolf. The Golden Bears put up 16 points in the period compared to the 18 they scored in the entire first half. But Shiloh put up another 27, including 6 points in the quarter from Golden on a transition dunk and 4 of 4 free throw shooting. Zawdie Jackson (12 points) delivered 8 points in the quarter, including scoring six straight for the Generals, en route to a 75-34 lead after three. Both teams got playing time for lesser-used players in the final quarter on the way to the 84-40 final.
“Our team defense was locked in,” Rivers said. “It was just a great total team effort.”